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Postcard from Santa Clara: An unforgettable season

Watching the first five minutes of the 2019 College Football National Championship produce 21 combined points, I sat back in awe.

I’ve been lucky enough to cover college football for the past five years, but I’d never seen a game start, or finish, quite like this one.

After the roller-coaster-like first several drives my advisor, Sports Capital Journalism Program director Malcolm Moran, looked over to me and my colleague Josh Roller.

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Postcard from Santa Clara: Feeling Alabama’s anguish, remembering his own

We are leaving the hotel and I am not nervous. We are driving north on the 101 and I am not nervous. But as our car passes an office building and the facade of Levi’s Stadium, with this year’s National Championship logo present on the structure’s west side, my heart skips a beat or two. The strange thing was, I wasn’t nervous once our car reached Parking Lot 3, a short walk from the stadium. We go through security and head up to the media center. The main event of our trip is just hours away and I can’t wait.

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Clemson looks forward following national title

By Robby General | @rgeneraljr

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You couldn’t wipe the smile away from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s face.

Standing at midfield surrounded by reporters, fans and a seemingly endless stream of orange and purple confetti falling within Levi’s Stadium, he gave an elated postgame speech.

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Evolution of a Champion: Clemson’s climb to an elite level

By Josh Roller | @Roller_01

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Clemson Tigers have been a part of the College Football Playoff for the past four straight seasons and have compiled a 55-4 record in that span. When coach Dabo Swinney took over the program midway through the 2008 season, it had been 18 years since the Tigers had 10 or more victories and they had not won the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1991.

Swinney has built a program that just finished its 10th full season with him at the helm. Including his interim season in 2008, Swinney has led the Tigers to a bowl game each year. The team won its first conference title under Swinney in 2011 and has won the last four ACC titles. Alabama, the only team to reach each of the five national semifinal games, is the only school with more appearances.

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UAB’s Bill Clark wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

By Josh Roller | @Roller_01

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Two years ago, Bill Clark did not have a football team.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham had disbanded the program for financial reasons in 2015, after Clark had coached the Blazers to a 6-6 record in his first season. The role of the head coach had included the effort to guide players to opportunities at other schools. Clark remembered that when he would receive calls about the possibility of bringing football back, he would respond, “You know, we don’t have a program.”

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